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Tuesday, June 12, 2007
MRC: Immigration Coverage Not Slanted Enough
Topic: Media Research Center

In a June 11 MRC "Media Reality Check," Rich Noyes complained that network coverage of the immigration reform bill refused to parrot conservative talking points (not in so many words, of course). The offenses:

  • CBS "profiled an illegal immigrant working as a housekeeper." Gasp! Immigrants can't be treated as human!
  • Reporters "matter-of-factly used the positive adjective 'reform' to describe the Senate bill, but only twice did reporters refer to it as 'amnesty.' " Horrors! Of course, Noyes doesn't mention that "amnesty" is a preferred right-wing term for the bill, or even explain why "amnesty" should be used "matter-of-factly."
  • Noyes complained that 'Most reports (75%) uncritically described the bill as one that 'would toughen border security' " without explaining why it purportedly doesn't.
  • Noyes also complained that "The costs of illegal immigration were mentioned just twice," but in citing one accounting of those costs, a Heritage Foundation report estimating that the costs "could be more than $2.5 trillion over the next two decades," Noyes neglected to note that the Heritage Foundation is a conservative group that opposes the current immigration bill.

Noyes concluded: "The networks’ paltry coverage makes one wonder if they are still equipped to adequately cover big debates like immigration, or if that job has already been yielded to energetic talk radio." So, "energetic" is now some euphemism for "conservative bias"? 

Posted by Terry K. at 9:12 AM EDT
Updated: Tuesday, June 12, 2007 9:15 AM EDT

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